Great Village student captures provincial spelling bee honours

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GREAT VILLAGE - A local student is being recognized as the king of the bees.

Ryan Spencer, a Grade 7 student from Great Village, will be off to Washington, D.C., in May to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Spencer won first place in the Nova Scotia Spelling Bee last Saturday in Halifax.

Ryan Spencer, 13, captured The Chronicle Herald Nova Scotia Spelling Bee last Saturday in Halifax to earn a berth at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.

Spencer's mother Jennifer is a native of Sydney River and Ryan spends his summers in Cape Breton with his grandparents.

Laurel Conrad, a Grade 5 teacher and coach of the West Colchester Consolidated student, said Ryan worked hard for the win.

"I am really proud of him," she said. "He worked really hard and trained really hard. He deserves it."

Ryan, a Grade 7 student from Great Village, was one of 42 competitors from grade four to eight. He won a $5,000 bursary and a trophy.

Ryan was not available to speak to the Truro Daily News on Monday, however, his mom, Jennifer Spencer, said she couldn't be happier for her son.

"I'm so proud of him," she said. "That has to be stressful to have all that pressure on you.

"I'm proud that he has the strength of character to even try. All the kids in Halifax are winners."

Spencer credited Conrad for her role in coaching Ryan.

"Without Ms. Conrad - she took on the responsibility of the spelling bee at the school for the last two years. Without her, there would be no spelling bee," she said.

"She is the cornerstone of the whole process. And it's his father who made sure he studied his word list so it's his father and Ms. Conrad that deserves credit."


Organizations: The Chronicle Herald Nova Scotia Spelling Bee, Scripps National Spelling Bee, West Colchester Consolidated Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Great Village, Halifax, Washington, D.C.

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